This spring we are working with local artist Amy Wormald on the Somewhere in Ely project.  The idea is that residents will be involved in commissioning 3 new temporary artworks or activities that will culminate at the Isle of Ely Arts Festival in summer 2020.

Amy is currently talking to Ely residents about the kind of arts they like, have experienced and would like to see in Ely in the future.  Students from Ely College are joining in the discussions too.  A Creative Brief will then be written which reflects local interest and ideas. 

Artists of all kinds (including makers, performers, writers and socially-engaged artists) will be invited to respond to the brief.  There will be 3 artwork commissions of £1800 available and it will be down to the people of Ely to decide on the proposals that are most worthy. 

Artists will be shortlisted to pitch their ideas to the community at a special event at Babylon Gallery on Monday 27 April.  This event is free and open to everyone.  We really hope you will join us to help choose which artists will receive a commission.

Key project dates

February - March:  Ideas and input invited from local residents including discussions with students at Ely College

Monday 9 March:  Open Call inviting Artists to respond to the Creative Brief

Monday 6 April:  Deadline for proposals

Monday 27 April:  Shortlisted Artists pitch their ideas to local people during an open meeting.

May - July:  3 commissioned Artists develop their work

11- 12 July:  Final work shown as part of Isle of Ely Arts Festival 2020


If you'd like to find out more about the project please get in touch with Amy Wormald on or contact us at Babylon Arts.  You can be added to our monthly mailing list here.

This project is in partnership with Babylon Arts, Isle of Ely Arts Festival, Ely Markets and Ely College.  The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

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